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Glory Road

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Source: Catholic News Service

Crowd pleaser based on the true story of an unproven, small-town basketball coach (Josh Lucas), who -- hired to turn around a Texas college's losing program -- bucks the color barrier by recruiting African-American athletes (including Derek Luke), molding his interracial underdogs into a unified team and leading them to an improbable and racially heated shot at the 1966 national title, where he starts five black players -- a first in college hoops -- against a top-seeded, all-white Kentucky squad. Directed by James Gartner, the feel-good, if formulaic, film rips a familiar page from the playbook of past inspirational sports movies, but has heart and a winning message about teamwork and racial equality that transcends sports. An instance of violence, some racial slurs and minimal crude language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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